Mumbai: Rahul Dravid has decided not to continue as head coach of Team India and he has communicated the same to the BCCI, as per reports.
The 50-year-old former India captain’s contract ended with the conclusion of the ODI World Cup 2023. Dravid is likely to be replaced by VVS Laxman, reports added.
Remarkably, the former cricket player never showed any enthusiasm for the part. After observing his track record of achievement during his tenure as NCA president, Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI chairman at the time, offered him the position and requested that he sign a two-year contract. Despite his initial reluctance, Dravid ultimately decided to be part of the national team for two years because he wanted to spend more time with his family. VVS Laxman was offered the position of NCA chief while he was away.
Laxman visited BCCI representatives in Ahmedabad during the ODI World Cup and has previously stated his intention to take over as head coach. Additionally, a source verified that he will be named head coach prior to the series against South Africa.
“Laxman has expressed his keenness for the job. During the World Cup, Laxman travelled to Ahmedabad to meet the BCCI’s top bosses in this regard. He’s likely to sign a long-time contract as the Team India coach, and will certainly travel with the team in that capacity for the upcoming tour of South Africa, which will be his first as the full-time India head coach,” a reliable source in the BCCI told TOI.